Nikon D810 Announced

Nikon just announced their new pro-grade DSLR , the Nikon D810. The D800’s successor features a brand-new 36.3-megapixel, full-frame FX-format sensor without an optical low pass filter (OLPF) for extreme resolution and staggering dynamic range.

Key specs:

  •  36.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor (no AA filter)
  • ISO 64-12,800 (expands to ISO 32-51,200)
  • Electronic first-curtain shutter and redesigned mirror mechanism
  • New ‘RAW Size S’ 9MP Raw mode
  • Expeed 4 engine
  • Max 5fps shooting in FX mode, 7fps in DX (with battery grip + EN-EL18 / AA batteries)
  • 3.2in 1,229k-dot RGBW LCD screen with customizable color
  • OLED viewfinder information display
  • Improved Scene Recognition System allows face detection in OVF mode
  • ‘Split screen zoom’ display in live view allows horizons/lines to be leveled precisely
  • 51-point AF system with new ‘Group Area AF’ mode (inherited from D4S)
  • New ‘flat’ Picture Control mode (intended to appeal to videographers)
  • Auto ISO available in manual exposure mode
  • Zebra strips for focus checking in video mode
  • Uncompressed HDMI output with simultaneous recording to memory card
  • Built-in stereo microphone

Nikon 1 AW1 Announced ( + Price and Availability )

Nikon just announced their latest mirrorless Nikon 1 camera , the Nikon 1 AW1. What makes this camera so special ? Well according to Nikon, this is the FIRST interchangeable lens camera that able to operate under water ( waterproof ) and can withstand the shock of a fall from up to 2 m. Like other 1 cameras, the AW1 support other 1 NIKKOR lenses and various F-mount NIKKOR lenses (optional Mount Adapter FT1 required). But, if you’re going to use it underwater .. lucky for you , Nikon also release two underwater lenses for this camera : NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 and 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 .

Nikon 1 AW1 Underwater

Key specs:

  • waterproof to 15 m
  • withstand the shock of a fall from up to 2 m
  • 15fps with autofocus
  • 60fps when focus locked
  • 73-point phase-detection AF and 135-point contrast-detect AF
  •  ISO 160-6400
  • Underwater mode: Standard, Scuba, Close up
  • Built-in flash that supports i-TTL flash control and can be used underwater
  • 14.25-million megapixels
  • 1080/30p Full-HD video recording

Availability

Great news, the AW1 now available for pre-order at Amazon , for $797 ! ( with 11-27.5mm AW lens )

 

Nikon P7800 announced

Nikon just announced their new compact, the Nikon Coolpix P7800.  This is supposed to be a successor of Nikon P7700. The specs is almost the same except with new addition of electronic viewfinder.

Key specs from the press release:

  • 12.2 M effective megapixels
  • 1/1.7inch CMOS sensor
  • Fixed lens 28-200mm , f2.0-4.0
  • VR on the lens
  • Electronic Viewfinder (NEW)
  • 921K dots LCD
  • Full HD @ 30fps video recording , now also support FullHD recording @ 25fps (NEW)
  • ISO 80-1600, boost mode up to 6400
  • Battery EN-EL14

It’s basically the SAME with previous P7700 . The camera available for $550 and you can order the P7800 at Amazon. According to Amazon the camera should ready for shipping on Sept 26th . Preorder here

Nikon 18-140mm sample images and prices

Couple days ago, Nikon has announced their latest VR lens : the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED ! With a 7.8x zoom range this lens able to cover from ultrawide (landscape) to tele shooting (portrait , sports etc) .

Nikon 18-140mm

Nikon 18-140mm

Nikon 18-140mm specs:

  • AFS technology for fast and silent autofocus operation
  • DX , optimized for APS-C Nikon DSLRs ( D5200, D3200, etc )
  • f/3.5-5.6G : not so large aperture opening
  • VR : image stabilization baby ! up to 4 stops
  • Two focus mode: M/A ( AF with manual override ) and Manual
  • Macro working distance : 1.48-feet

Sample Images

Nikon France just released these photos showing how good the lens is . Check their Flickr set here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikonfrance/sets/72157634949115915/show/with/9442708551/

and ofcourse you can peek more samples at Nikon official product page: http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/zoom/normalzoom/af-s_dx_18-140mmf_35-56g_ed_vr/sample.htm

Nikon 18-140mm + Nikon D7100

Nikon 18-140mm + Nikon D7100

 

Prices and Availability

The lens is now IN-STOCK at Amazon , available for $600 !

Nikon D7100 announced

Nikon just announced their new semi-pro DSLR , Nikon D7100 ! As we all know, its predecessor , the Nikon D7000 , have a massive hit in the market. A quality camera ! and now the Nikon D7100 has arrived with some improvements : 24.1-MP DX-format CMOS sensor, no more OLPF filter to enhance image qulity, upgraded AF system borrowed from Nikon D4, 51 AF points (15 cross-type) , a slightly larger 3.2-inch LCD, Full HD video recording up to 60fps. But with that improvements, the new D7100 has shorter baterylife: 920shots vs 1050 shots (D7000).

Key specs:

  • 24.1MP DX format CMOS sensor, with no OLPF
  • EXPEED 3 processing
  • ISO 100-6400 standard, up to 25600 expanded
  • Max 6 fps continuous shooting in DX mode, 7fps in 1.3X crop mode
  • 51 point AF system, 15 sensors cross type
  • 2016 pixel RGB metering sensor
  • Spot white balance in live view mode
  • 1080 60i/30p video recording, built-in stereo mic, mic jack and audio monitoring jack
  • Pentaprism with 100% coverage and 0.94X magnification
  • 3.2″, 1.2m-dot LCD screen (640 x 480 X RGBW)
  • Front and rear IR receivers

Nikon 1 J3 announced + sample images

Nikon just announced their latest camera for Nikon 1 flagship : the Nikon 1 J3. This camera will surely replace the previous Nikon 1 J2 as Nikon’s mirrorless camera for enthusiast photographer.

 

Some key specs :

  • 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Dust shield , dust reduction system
  • support SD, SDHC , and faster SDXC memory card
  • Bulb mode
  • 15fps with autofocus enabled
  • ISO 160-6400
  • FullHD video recording at 60fps
  • Waterproof housing also available for shooting under water (optional )
  • Interchangeable lens system
  • Available on Amazon for $545 ( with 10-30mm lens ) – check price

Some sample images (from Nikon website )

Nikon D5200 HDR

Like its predecessor, the Nikon D5200 has this neat feature called HDR or High Dynamic Range. Basically, HDR is the ability to take multiple different exposure photos and stitches them together so the final image is properly exposed. Unlike D5200 , Nikon D3200 doesn’t have this ‘auto’ capability. So, D3200 shooters must take take several photos and stitches them manually using software (photoshop etc). D5200 users simply activate the HDR mode and the camera will take care the rest !

Nikon D5200 HDR

As you can see on above image , two photos with different exposure (under and overexposed) automatically combined to create one final properly exposed image. If you love nature or landscape photography or indoor , HDR is an essential feature.

Here’s one guy who love to shoot beautiful photos in HDR mode : http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/

There are several HDR books on Amazon , but here’s my favorite : A world in HDR

Nikon D5200 sample images and videos

The Nikon D5200 comes with higher effective megapixels, new EXPEED 3 engine for finest quality. It’s still to early to judge its performace. D5200 is just released and not many reviews are available right now. Here are some Nikon D5200 sample images and videos. Will be continually updated.. so if i miss anything, please inform me

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ISO 100 – Scene Mode (Silhouette)

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ISO 320

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ISO 400

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ISO 200

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ISO 200

Nikon D5200 Announced

The Nikon D5100 successor, Nikon D5200 has been announced. Nikon D5200 clearly improves some aspects of D5100 , make it an interesting choice for enthusiast photographer. Several of its biggest improvement are larger 24megapixels ( vs 16MP ) , 39 AF points ( compare to only 11 points on D5100 ) , 9 AF cross points and improvement of its continous shooting to 5 fps. Also, the D5200 now support 60 fps when recording video. People who love to create a slow-mo videos should love that feature.

The D5200 will be available in the market next month , in 3 fancy colors : black , red and bronze.

nikon-d5200-three-color

Key features extracted from the Press Release:

  • 24.1-million pixels
  • EXPEED 3
  • new Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 to ISO 6400 , boost up to 25600
  • full-HD 1920 x 1080 60i/50i
  • compatible with the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a and the new Wireless Remote Controller WR-R10/WR-T10
  • 39 focus points , 9 cross point sensor
  • 2,016-pixel RGB sensor metering
  • continous shooting 5fps
  • variangle LCD